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Kidnapped Durban businessman and employee released after ransom paid



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Durban – A Durban businessman and his employee say they were tortured and burnt with pieces of plastic after being kidnapped on Monday.

Dawood Safla, 44, and his employee Shafee, were kidnapped during a robbery at a scrapyard in Pinewood Road, Durban.

They were released later on the same day after Safla’s family paid ransom money to the kidnappers.

According to a statement by Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), three men entered the property and produced firearms.

“Staff managed to lock a security gate preventing the gunmen from entering. The suspects then forced Safla and one of his employees into his Toyota Hilux bakkie and sped off,” Rusa spokesperson Prem Balram said.

“The two explained that they were being tortured and burnt with pieces of plastic while being held captive. The victims were restrained with cable ties. The suspects threatened to murder them if the ransom was not paid,” Balram said in the statement.

According to Balram, RUSA and the Verulam SAPS tracked and recovered the bakkie, which had been abandoned on an unpaved road in Inanda. The victims could not be located.

“The suspects made contact with Safla’s family and demanded a ransom, which was paid. Several law enforcement agencies, which included private security and police, as well as relatives of the missing men and members of the public, searched for the kidnapped victims who were eventually located on Inanda Road.”

According to Times Select, a source, who is directly involved in the investigation, said the kidnappers had demanded that R10 000 be paid into Safla’s account.

They reportedly withdrew the money from his account before releasing him and his employee.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed the incident.

The vehicle was later recovered near Buffelsdraai. Credit: RUSA

“The suspects robbed [Safla] of his bakkie and he was also taken. The vehicle was later recovered near Buffelsdraai and the victim was found at Amaoti unharmed. A case of carjacking and kidnapping was opened at Verulam police station for investigation,” Mbele reportedly said.

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N2 Kei Cuttings bus accident leaves 27 dead



At least 27 people have been killed in a bus accident on the N2 at Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

The death toll has been revised from earlier reports which indicated that 10 people have died.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says the number of the deaths could increase as more people were still trapped inside the wrecked bus.

A large number of search and rescue personnel, traffic officers, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene.

Binqose said the death toll is likely to increase as search and rescue personnel plan to flip the bus over to see whether more people are trapped underneath.

The accident took place on the notorious section of the N2, known as the Kei Cuttings, north of the Kei River, which is known for its perilous twists and turns.

Binqose said the driver of the bus is among those who died.

The driver is believed to have lost control of the long-distance passenger bus before it plunged 200 metres down a steep embankment.

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“He lost control just before he could cross the river on the last curve,” said Binqose.

Chief director of clinical support services for the health department, Kidwell Matshotyana, told TellitallSA that 22 people were stable and did not want to go to hospital.

“In terms of the injured people, we have five patients admitted at Frere Hospital and one at Life St Dominic’s Private Hospital [both in East London],” he said.

The department will arrange transport for the 22 people, who don’t want to go to hospital, to the nearest town. They will be given accommodation.

The bus is understood to have been transporting passengers from Cape Town.

Hospitals and emergency services in the area and further afield were offering help with triaging patients.

He said the police had the grim task of going through the luggage to find identity documents, in order to begin informing the next of kin of the tragedy.

The department would also work with the bus company to establish a contact centre for worried families checking up on people who were on the bus, and those details would be announced later.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news



Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in



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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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